In a somewhat quiet manner, longtime resident and business owner, Don Kahan died last week.

Many in Lee's Summit heard of his passing as the news trickled around town through social media and conversations among the charities and civic organizations the former automotive dealer supported.

According to Matt Sanning, executive director of Lee's Summit Social Services, Kahan's will had requested his passing be quiet and did not want an end of life celebration.

Sanning also lamented Kahan's years of service to the community, especially the charitable organization he runs.

"He served on our board of directors for more than 20 years," Sanning said. "Don was a titan in this community and had a unique ability to always find a way to accomplish the goals and missions of the things he participated in — that was especially true with Lee's Summit Social Services. He just didn't let anything get in the way of the cause. He had one of the biggest hearts of anyone I've met. He believed everyone deserved a fair shot and he made sure that happened."

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